3 quick ways to disable Steam Auto Updates for good

Vlad Turiceanu
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Auto updates, in general, can be easily turned on or off in any app. However, that’s not the case with Steam auto updates because there is no option to fully stop the updates.

By default, Steam auto updates the games in the background whenever there is a network connection available. In this way, the games are always up to date and the user doesn’t have to worry about that.

But if the Auto update process begins in background while you do some intense network task, then that’s a problem. Things will slow down significantly. That’s especially true for users with limited connections.

Can I disable Steam‘s automatic updates? Yes, you can by changing the auto update schedule. By default, is set to all the time and if you don’t change it, it will eat up all you internet connection. You can also disable the auto update for only one game at a time, or stop the Steam startup process altogether.

How to stop Steam from automatically updating games

  1. Change the Auto update schedule
  2. Stop the Auto update on a single game
  3. Disable Steam’s startup process

Solution 1 – Change the Auto update schedule

To avoid future problems with updates, you can set certain update schedules outside your working hours. A good time will be late at night, when you don’t use your Windows 10 PC for anything.

To change the update schedule, do the following:

  1. Launch Steam.
  2. In the top menu, choose Steam/View and then Settings.Steam settings stop auto update
  3. In the left side-panel click on Downloads.Steam settings disable auto updates on windows 10
  4. In the right section, under Download Restrictions, check Only auto-update games between option and then insert a time frame that fits your needs the best.

We have to mention that this solution applies for future updates only. If a game is already scheduled with an update, then you won’t be able to play it until you’ll update it.

Additionally, you can also limit the bandwidth for downloading updates just in the case sometimes the background update is running while you use your Windows 10 computer.

To do that, just follow the steps above and right next to Download Restrictions you will see a Limit bandwidth to drop-down menu. Choose the lowest amount possible (usually 16kb/s).

Solution 2 – Stop the Auto update on a single game

This solution allows you to stop all auto-updates on a single game. It has been confirmed by many users and it is very effective. If you want to try it yourself, follow the steps:

  1. Launch Steam.
  2. Go to Library.
  3. Right-click a certain game that you’re interested in and select Proprieties.game proprieties stop steam auto update
  4. A new window will appear. Click on Updates tab.
  5. Under the Automatic updates you’ll see a drop-down menu. Click it.
  6. Now you have 3 options: Always keep this game up-to date, Only update this game when I launch it, High Priority: Always auto-update this game before others. Select the Only update this game when I launch it option.
  7. Remember to disable your internet connection every time before starting the respective game.

If your internet connection is disabled, Steam won’t be able to connect to the servers and the auto-update process won’t start. You will be able to play the game without any interruptions.

Although the solution works like a charm, it will be a bit tedious if you have a lot of games in the Library.

Solution 3 – Disable Steam’s startup process

By default, Steam processes start in the background when the Windows 10 PC starts. In this way, Steam is making sure that the auto-update runs all the time in the background and keeps you games up-to-date.

To make sure that that never happens and you can use your full internet connection speed, stop Steam from opening at startup:

  1. Launch Steam.
  2. In the top menu, choose Steam/View and then Settings.how to stop auto updates on steam
  3. In the left side-panel, choose Interface.
  4. Uncheck Run Steam when my computer starts.
  5. Save and Exit.

Now Steam won’t automatically open when you start Windows 10 and the update process will only take place when you decide, by opening Steam or a Steam game.

If you’re interested in other Steam problems and how to solve them, then we recommend these awesome updated guides:

What’s your all-time favourite Steam game? Leave the answer in the comments section below along with any other question you may have.

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